An Oregon town's $70 million surface water improvement project has been put on hold after a judge issued a preliminary injunction in response to concerns about the uncertainty of whether the project will cause pollution or other environmental issues. The director of an opposition group known as Stop the Drain explained that the city's "decision about the management of water and decisions like this are going to have an effect on the water system for the next 100 years," adding that "they need to be made very carefully."
A village of 400 people will not be allowed to sue energy companies in order to link their actions to the effects of global warming, with a three-judge panel unanimously deciding that the village lacks the standing to sue.
Proposed timber sales in Oregon have environmental groups taking on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in federal court. Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands claim the sales do not meet the standards set forth in federal environmental regulations.
While some young students spend their time writing papers about changes they would like to see in society, two Oregon students went as far as to take their mission to a circuit court in an effort to hold the state to its environmental liability.
A case of environmental litigation is brewing out of Portland, Oregon. The American Forest Resource Council, a group in Portland that is involved with the timber industry, has filed a lawsuit against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Have you purchased an automobile based on its advertised fuel economy? Have you found that when you actually take the car out on the road the average gas mileage is much less than advertised? If so, you might be able to sue your automobile manufacturer in small claims court for misleading advertising. The attorneys at Chenoweth Law Group can help you assess your environmental litigation options, and then help you prepare the evidence and arguments necessary to argue a small claims court case.
Do you live in a rental property with mold growth that is affecting your health? Are you an owner of a rental property facing moldy rental claims from tenants? If you answered yes to either of these questions, obtaining knowledgeable counsel to assist you is very important as these claims can lead to extensive potential liability. The attorneys at Chenoweth Law Group have the moldy rental and environmental litigation experience necessary to help you understand and assert your legal rights in these kinds of cases.
If you own property with wetlands, or are concerned about the development of property with wetlands, the attorneys at Chenoweth Law Group can help you understand your environmental litigation options under the Clean Water Act (CWA). These options may soon change, depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Sackett v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 622 F.3d 1139 (9th Cir. 2010) granting cert. in part, 131 S.Ct. 3092 (2011). The court heard oral arguments on January 9, 2012.
An environmental advocacy group filed a complaint with the Oregon Court of Appeals saying that officials overseeing the Columbia Gorge are not doing enough to curb pollution and ensure high quality of air for years to come.
If you are considering taking steps to clean up a contaminated site, or if you have questions regarding a hazardous waste site that you own or may be liable for, it is wise to seek legal counsel before doing so. At Chenoweth Law Group, our Environmental Practice Group can help you navigate the complexities of Superfund clean-ups, including the additional wrinkle created by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington's holding in Iron Partners LLC v. Maritime Administration, et al., 2011 WL 4502139 (W.D.Wash. Sept. 28, 2011).